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Three keys for LSU to avoid an upset against Mississippi State

Control tempo: The Tigers are hosting an underrated Mississippi State team that has its sights set on an upset of massive proportions. LSU will need to move the ball effectively through the air, but the run game will need to balance out the evening. Kenny Hilliard and Leonard Fournette will carry the load in the Tigers biggest game since the season-opener.

Shut down Dak Prescott: A dual threat quarterback, Prescott offers a different look than any quarterback LSU has played thus far this season. He’s completing a career-high 69 percent of his throws and has nine touchdowns through the air. LSU’s front seven will be tested as they also attempt to contain Prescott’s rushing attack, as the quarterback has slipped past defenses for 273 yards and two touchdowns.

Win the turnover battle: Each quarterback has only been relatively careful with their throws, with LSU’s Anthony Jennings tossing an interception against UL-Monroe last week, and Prescott throwing one in each of his first two contests (Southern Miss, UAB). With so much on the line, one of the two is almost guaranteed force a throw at some point in this game. Whichever team can take advantage of a turnover or great field position should have the upper hand.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's FanBuzz.com. He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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